American Football

Horse Tracks: Broncos reverse course on WR trade talk


NFL: DEC 25 Broncos at Rams
Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Now it’s preposterous to think they could be moved. What happened?

“When people call and the phone rings like it does this time of year, George Paton’s job is to pick it up and say, ‘Hey. Tell you what, we’re not.’ And so, we’ve received calls, you bet. Those are two good football players. But we’re in the business of gathering talent right now. Why do people call? Because they know we’re void of draft picks and that we might, because there was some discussions a year ago, I think, regarding Courtland. But we like the current group that we’re working with.”

So, the spin is in full effect. All that sounds nice, but when you step back and look at this statement in the context of what the Broncos have been reported to be doing with their receivers, this is little more than spin and posturing.

After a month of constant reports that Jeudy and Sutton were the subject of trade interest from multiple teams, nothing substantive materialized. Now you’ve got two players who are more aware than any of us at just how close they’ve come to being shipped out. We have entered the phase of low-key gas-lighting relationship repair. The front office realized that they these guys are eventually going to report and groundwork needs to be put in place so the receiver room isn’t overrun with malcontents.

Of course, all this goes out the window once a team meets the very real trade demands for either receiver. The statement above is about taking the posture that they’re not just going to move them to move them. Those teams that are on the fence about ponying up that 1st for Jeudy or that 2nd for Sutton have been put on notice that the asking price in non-negotiable.

With no pick until the 3rd round of this year’s draft and coming off one of the worst season’s in recent history, the mandate to win now is very real. These players are either going to contribute on the field or as converted draft capital. The groundwork is being made to repair any hurt feelings this process may have caused while at the same time broadcasting that Denver won’t just be giving these guys away. Remember, nobody is untradeable.


Broncos trade rumors: Sean Payton says ‘we’re not trading’ Courtland Sutton or Jerry Jeudy –
An overhaul at wideout may not be coming in Denver

Broncos’ Sean Payton on Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy rumors: ‘We’re not trading those two players’
Speaking to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero on Sunday at the Annual League Meeting, Payton provided a point-blank response to the swirling trade rumors around Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.

Sean Payton – Broncos not trading Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton
Coach Sean Payton told NFL Network on Sunday that the Broncos won’t be trading receivers Jerry Jeudy or Courtland Sutton.

Sean Payton: Broncos won’t trade Jerry Jeudy or Courtland Sutton – ProFootballTalk

Denver Broncos: Sean Payton Makes Right Move In Retaining Courtland Sutton And Jerry Jeudy
The Denver Broncos are not trading either of their top two wide receivers. Despite weeks of speculation that the Broncos could unload Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, head coach Sean Payton is making it clear that Denver has no interest in trading their starting wide receivers.

‘A lot of sweat that’s ahead of us’: HC Sean Payton shares key focus ahead of Broncos’ offseason progam
As the Broncos begin their voluntary offseason program, there’s a clear understanding of the value of the strength and conditioning program — and of the work that must be done during the upcoming weeks.

Confident Tremon Smith looking to be ‘home run’ threat on returns for Denver Broncos | Broncos |
Tremon Smith, then a Houston Texans cornerback, wore an NFL Films microphone for a Dec. 19, 2021 game at Jacksonville. As he prepared to field a kickoff, he said to

Ex-NFL Star Once Battled 180 Minutes for Denver Broncos in a ‘Paralyzed’ State: “I Couldn’t Move” – EssentiallySports
Ex NFL defensive lineman for the Broncos recalled a time when he could not move his body for hours after an on-field injury years ago.

FMIA: Thursday Night Football flex, Roger Goodell’s contract and the latest from the NFL owners meetings – ProFootballTalk
Peter King uses on-the-ground reporting from Phoenix, Arizona to provide updates from the NFL owners meetings where a number of proposals will be debated.

Mike Tomlin ‘excited’ about QB Kenny Pickett’s potential in 2023
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he relishes the challenge of aiding Kenny Pickett’s development as he enters his second year.

HC Jonathan Gannon on DeAndre Hopkins trade rumors: ‘I’m operating that he’s a Cardinal’
With trade rumors swirling around wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, new Arizona head coach Jonathan Gannon says he’s operating as if the WR is a Cardinal and is excited to work with him.

Colts HC Shane Steichen on if QB Gardner Minshew will start in 2023: ‘He’s coming in to just compete’
The Colts are not set in stone on the QB position, and that means even for new addition Gardner Minshew. “Right now, obviously, he’s coming in to just compete and be the best he can be, you know, and that’s where we’re going,” HC Shane Steichen said to NF

Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel on QB Tua Tagovailoa’s potential for next season: ‘I can see a hunger in him’
Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel is looking to the future, especially with young quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. I can see a hunger in him that I’m excited to watch play out,” McDaniel said to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero on Sunday at the Annual League Meeting.

Aaron Rodgers trade buzz: Robert Saleh says QB’s interest in Jets shows how far the team has come –
Saleh says the quarterback’s interest in joining the Jets is ‘pretty cool’

DeAndre Hopkins trade rumors: Cardinals first-year head coach addresses star WR’s status with team –
Hopkins has been the center of several pre-draft trade rumors

NFL free agency 2023: Lamar Jackson, Ezekiel Elliott headline top remaining players available at each position –
The best free agent players at each position remaining on the board

Aaron Rodgers trade buzz: Allen Lazard says QB is ‘big reason’ he chose Jets, has ‘no worry’ deal won’t happen –
Lazard isn’t concerned about an expected Rodgers trade to the Jets falling through

Wes Martin to sign with Browns – ProFootballTalk

Brandon Staley: We want Austin Ekeler to be a Charger – ProFootballTalk

Andy Reid: Patrick Mahomes’ ankle hasn’t slowed down his offseason workouts – ProFootballTalk

Jonathan Gannon: I’m operating that DeAndre Hopkins is a Cardinal right now – ProFootballTalk

Todd Bowles: Bucs can be great even without “aura” of Tom Brady – ProFootballTalk

You must be logged in to post a comment Login